Nutty Banana and Coconut Friands

11 Feb

For quite a while now, I have been dreaming of one day having a little Tuscan-like cottage cafe where I would bake aromatic cookies, warm tarts and cakes and brew fragrant coffee for people that come to visit. Something not too far off from the little bakery that you see in ‘Stranger than Fiction’. I really like that little set up. Sometimes, I think I should pull my head in and do the “adult” thing and stop dreaming. But then again… you really only live once and what would life be if one did not take chances.


Monday was my first day at pastry school. Nothing too exciting to report yet… just the usual orientation slash induction spew to get the ball rolling. I got my tool kit and uniform, which was pretty cool.

On Sunday, I put together some friands with the ingredients I had in the pantry – banana and coconut friands with an assortment of nuts. Quite a lovely and comforting combination I thought. I prefer friands to muffins. Muffins are awesome…. but friands are so good cos it’s like eating a whole muffin top (which is the best part of the muffin anyway).



Makes about 12 friands


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 and 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup moist coconut flakes / dessicated coconut
  • 3/4 cup nut & seed assortments (I added sunflower seeds, chopped pecans and chopped cashews)
  • 180 grams melted butter
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed up
  • 1 banana (to press on top of the friand)
  • 5 egg whites
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degree celcius.
  2. Put off the dry ingredients, nuts and coconut into a large bowl and mix it all up with your fingers.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave and cool to room temperature.
  4. Stir the butter into the mixture of dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the mash banana to the mixture.
  6. Beat the egg whites with a whisk till slightly foamy and fold it into the mixture.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the friand/muffin pan. (You should get about 12)
  8. Slice the remaining banana and press down gently on each friand.
  9. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Allow them to cool a little in the pan, then turn over and place them on a cooling rack.
  11. Dust with icing sugar.

4 Responses to “Nutty Banana and Coconut Friands”

  1. Jo February 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM #

    You are amazing and I cannot wait for the birth of your little cafe! Have some gnomes scattered round please! Show us more of school and all the yummy things you will make 🙂

  2. Kimi April 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM #

    curious… is it necessary to make them with icing sugar as opposed to normal sugar?

    • Christine September 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM #

      I’ve actually never tried making friands with caster sugar before but an for an authentic friand taste, it should be made with icing sugar.

  3. Anne February 19, 2012 at 7:53 AM #

    These are absolutely delicious! I have made them many many times. Sweet but not too sweet, filling, homely… perfect!

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